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NMT 270 - Fundamentals of Molecular Imaging With PET

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course will introduce the student to Positron Emission Tomography Imaging. This modality produces high energy, 3-D computer-reconstructed images measuring and determining the function or physiology in a specific organ, tumor or other metabolically active site. This course requires a per credit health career fee; check the tuition and fee schedule for the current rate.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Achieve competence in PET image interpretation.
  2. Assess clinical indications and diagnostic accuracy of PET with emphasis on HCFA-approved indications.
  3. Assess specific PET acquisition protocols for oncology, cardiac and brain imaging.
  4. Review patient preparation for specific clinical applications e.g., dietary preparation, issues related to diabetic patients.
  5. Assess patient throughout including details of dose administration, tracer uptake period and patient positioning on the scanner.
  6. Obtain working knowledge of basic physics related to PET data acquisition and image reconstruction.
  7. Assess cyclotron production of commonly used PET radiopharmaceuticals (FDG, N-13 Ammonia, F18-L-DOPA).
Listed Topics
  1. Patient preparation and PET acquisition protocols
  2. Introduction of PET image interpretation
  3. PET Oncology: Indications and Diagnostic Accuracy
  4. PET Neurology: Indications and Diagnostic Accuracy
  5. PET Cardiology: Indications and Diagnostic Accuracy
  6. Basic physics of PET data acquisition and image reconstruction
  7. Cyclotron production of commonly used tracers
Reference Materials
Current textbooks, workbooks, Internet sites and current computer software.
Approved By: Johnson, Alex Date Approved: 05/11/2009

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